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Still no Race to the Top negotiations for Pasco



With the 90-day clock still ticking, the United School Employees of Pasco continues to stay away from the negotiating table when it comes to preparing for Race to the Top.

USEP president Lynne Webb has met with top district leaders to examine the possibilities of joining the effort, which would bring about $8 million to the county for specific initiatives, including changes to contracting and evaluations that many teachers find objectionable.

Despite those informal conversations, Webb stressed that she remains skeptical about RTTT for both its requirements and its cost.

"A big concern that we've had from the beginning is that what districts are being asked to do cannot be done with the money from Race to the Top" and no additional funding, Webb said, echoing comments from school officials around Florida.

She also raised concerns that the state's rules for RTTT as spelled out in the FLDOE's frequently asked questions appear to be growing more restrictive, closer to what most teacher unions rejected in the state's failed first application. The district will continue to move forward with its proposal for the mone, but it still has no promises that Webb will sign the required assurance that she will negotiate the terms and conditions needed for full implementation.

The final deadline is in November. Stay tuned.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 12:18pm]


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